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World Cup

Messi May Have to emulate Idol Maradona to take Argentina Past Belgium

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It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career. Carlton Fisk

Quarter-Finals, that has been quite a dreaded word in every Argentinian football fans dictionary for some time! There is rather good reason for it too. In three of the last four tournaments they featured, they made unceremonious exit at this stage.

PHOTO: GOD lends support to Luis Suarez

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Argentina legend Diego Maradona has publicly come out and expressed his support to Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

#Brasil2014 #URU El apoyo de Maradona a Luis Suárez en @De_Zurda pic.

Diego Maradona Branded ‘Bad Luck Jinx’ By Argentinian FA President After Leaving Stadium Minutes Before Lionel Messi’s Goal

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By Chris Wright

The president of the Argentinian football federation has taken his life in his hands by calling Diego Maradona a "jinx" following Argentina's dramatic late win over Iran in Belo Horizonte yesterday.

Having watched the majority of the game with his family, Maradona left theEstadio Mineirao before the final whistle -just shortly before Lionel Messi popped up to score the 91st-minute winner.

Kampion: A New Competitive Card Game Featuring Famous Soccer Players Now Available For Download

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Some of the playing cards featuring art by Adrián Oviedo, Asclê de Oliveira, Thiago Ramon Grizilli and many others.

There have been several times in my life when I've run across something that I didn't even know I wanted. For example, there are artists that add monsters to thrift store paintings, turning boring into amazing.

Expectations Among South Korea Fans Are At a Low Going Into Game Against Russia

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Perhaps no team enters the 2014 FIFA World Cup with less confidence than South Korea's Taeguk Warriors. Korea Republic finished a tumultuous qualifying campaign by qualifying on a goal difference of +1 over Uzbekistan, thanks largely to a 6-0 defeat of Lebanon back in 2011. They promptly dismissed Coach Choi Kang-Hee after qualifying and replaced him with national soccer icon Hong Myung Bo.

WATCH Great World Cup Goals Animation Featuring Brazil, Argentina, England, Italy And Others [VIDEO]

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Several of the greatest goals scored in world soccer are captured in a beautifully designed video from animator Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks).

Some of the greatest World Cup goals featured in the video include:

•Roberto Baggio,
•Diego Maradona,
•Jurgen Klinsmann,
•Michael Owen,
•Dennis Bergkamp, and
•Carlos Alberto.

WATCH Great World Cup Goals Animation Featuring Brazil, Argentina, England, Italy And Others [VIDEO]

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Several of the greatest goals scored in world soccer are captured in a beautifully designed video from animator Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks).

Some of the greatest World Cup goals featured in the video include:

•Roberto Baggio,
•Diego Maradona,
•Jurgen Klinsmann,
•Michael Owen,
•Dennis Bergkamp, and
•Carlos Alberto.

The World Cup starts today! So apropos of nothing, here’s the whole of the 1986 final

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For no other reason than I found it on YouTube a couple of nights ago and thought it would be fun to share for those who want to fill some time whilst waiting for Thursday's opening ceremony and Brazil v ... Continue reading →

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 1 – Diego Maradona Magic [VIDEO]

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No.1 Diego Maradona Magic (Mexico, 1986)

"I sometimes think I preferred the one with my hand. It was a bit like stealing the wallet of the English"

In 1986, Diego Maradona was the finest footballer on the planet. The man dubbed El Diez was a phenomenon.

Lionel Messi and Argentina - Can they take Full Advantage of an easy Group in World Cup 2014?

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A leader is a dealer in hope Napolean

Lionel Messi, the natural heir to the throne of Diego Maradona, had emulated Maradona in more than one occasion. The best of it was that replica of Diego Maradona's goal in 1986 and the worst was the shameful handball goal against Espanyol.

Ezequiel Lavezzi’s Omission From Drug Test of Argentina Team Raises Suspicions

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Rumors swirled over Argentine camp this week after PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi was given permission to leave for "personal reasons" at the same time that FIFA decided to do a surprise drug testing at the Argentine training complex in Ezeiza.

When Lavezzi was excluded from the testing, the rumors were rampant as to why this was happening and the only logical explanation was that Lavezzi was going to have a positive drug test.

Top Contenders for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Golden Ball Trophy

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The World Cup is inching ever nearer, and there are plenty of betting markets for punters to get involved with over the month long tournament. A lot of focus will be on the Golden Ball winner (player of the tournament) with the best players in the world vying to join a list of winners that includes the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele and Bobby Charlton.

WATCH The Goal of The Century Scored By Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup [VIDEO]

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It was an unforgettable match that will long go down in history as one of the most talked about World Cup games of all time. It featured three goals, but only two of them are talked about religiously. Both goals were the creation of Diego Maradona.

Rather than dwelling on the controversial Hand of God goal from Diego Maradona, the following video sums up the incredible goal and the passion that erupted in the stands and in the commentator's booth after it was scored.

Watch ‘Maradona’ and ‘The Opposition’ On ESPN At 7pm ET Tonight; Review of New 30 For 30 Films

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Last week's Hillsborough documentary was the first of eight films that ESPN will show over the next few months as part of its ESPN's 30 For 30 Soccer Series. Films two and three will air tonight at 7pm ET on ESPN with the debut ofMaradona '86andThe Opposition.

WhileHillsboroughwas a feature-length film,Maradona '86andThe Oppositionare closer to the lengths of films that many viewers are accustomed to watching in the 30 For 30 Series by ESPN.

Pelé vs Ronaldo at 30,000 Feet

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We all love to argue who is the best player ever to have played the game, with the likes of Diego Maradona, Leo Messi, and Eusebio hot on everyone's lips. But luxury airline Emirates have taken things a step further, asking: Who is ruler of the skies?

Having started an official partnership with the FIFA World Cup back in 2006, Emirates have recently added Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to their list of global ambassadors, of which Brazilian legend Pelé, one of the All Time Greats, has been since January 2014.

RETROMERCIALS – Diego Maradona Enjoys Coke Before AND After Games

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CREDIT: Coca Cola

Lionel Messi

Wheel of fortune

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Some great teams have been eliminated from the World Cup. Not Argentina. They are now among the world's eight best; a side where they hardly run (except DiMaria), and just wait for Messi to do something with the ball. Football is not just a wheel of fortune where you hope the ball lands on Messi! You cannot win a World Cup this way, and the Swiss were largely unlucky not to prove it.

Messi Dribbling Skill Video Compilation

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Lionel Messi is already known for him amazing dribbling runs. After Diego Maradona, he could be the one who mesmerises people whenever he dances past defenders as if they were not there.

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Diego Maradona Today

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Our Diego, who is on the pitches,
Hallowed be thy left hand, bring us your magic. Make your goals remembered on earth as in heaven,
Give us some magic every day, forgive the English, as we have forgiven the Napolitan Mafia,
Don't let yourself get caught offside and free us from Havelange and Pelé.

Messi hat trick takes him past Maradona & into joint second in Argentina top scorers list

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Argentina have had two recent draws in World Cup qualifying, 0-0 at home to Colombia and 1-1 away to Ecuador, and are now assured of at least a playoff place for Brazil 2014 one win from their remaining three ... Continue reading →

Lionel Messi Ties Then Surpasses Diego Maradona’s International Goal Record With Hat-Trick vs Guatemala (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Argentina beat Guatemala 4-0 in a friendly last night with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick on his triumphant return to the national side in a less than taxing affair for the Albiceleste.

Messi's first goal was a bit of a cracker in its own right but it was his second, a penalty, which took on added significance as it saw the Barcelona Ewok draw level alongside Diego Maradona in the all-time Argentina goalscoring stakes on 34 goals in 11 fewer caps.

The Pope Gets The Maradona Treatment

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Given the holy surroundings of Argentina's two greatest footballing products, Diego Maradona (having inspired the Church of Maradona) and Lionel Messi (the linear nature of Messiah and all), Pope Francis, also of Argentina and a fan of San Lorenzo, was bound to kick the internets into action. He did indeed, even inspiring some of Argentina's print editions.

Manchester United

United And Dortmund Progress In Champions League

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Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund wrapped up the last two available places in Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw on Wednesday's. United did the improbable, beating Olympiacos 3-0 at home to win 3-2 on aggregate. Meanwhile last season's runners-up Dortmund progressed despite losing at home to Zenit.

Photos: Man Utd stars cuddle Diego Maradona

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It appears warm weather wasn't the only reason for Manchester United jetting out to Dubai for the last few days. The champions were also looking for a bit of bromance with Diego Maradona.

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Paolo Sorrentino agradece la inspiración de Maradona.

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"The Great Beauty" fue la ganadora del premio Oscar a la mejor película en idioma no estadounidense. El premio fue para Italia (que no lo ganaba desde "La vida es bella" de Roberto Benigni, en 1998). Su director, el italiano Paolo Sorrentino, no olvidó breves y concisos agradecimientos entre los que agregó: "Gracias a mi (fuente de) inspiración, Federico Fellini, Talking Heads, Martin Scorsese, Diego Maradona.

Ataque a Maradona.

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El explícito apoyo de Diego Maradona a la política trazada por Hugo Chávez y al actual presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, irrita a un sector beligerante que no deja de multiplicar escenas y pretensiones de llamar alguna atención.
La (viralizada) carta abierta de un bloggero argentino residente en la comunidad anticastrista de Miami (publicada en Huffington Post) procura inmutar al Diez valiéndose de calificaciones tan duras como ligeras.

10 frases de Maradona en Milan.

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17.10.2013 - Diego Maradona revolucionó Milan con su visita y dio una conferencia de prensa en la redacción del diario La Gazetta dello Sport. Aquí diez frases:
"Al moreno le gané con los votos de la gente ¡Pelé incluso perdió en Brasil! Porque Ayrton le ganó como mejor atleta.

Montpellier owner wants to hire Maradona as manager to annoy PSG

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With additions like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham, PSG have done just about all they can to ensure they are the focus of attention in French football. Others in Ligue 1, like Louis Nicollin, owner of reigning champions Montpellier, are a little perturbed about this blatant spotlight-hogging.

South America

Diego Maradona, 53, Close To Coming Out Of Retirement And Signing For Argentinian Fifth-Tier Club

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By Chris Wright

In news that should shock precisely no-one, Diego Maradona is reportedly seriously considering coming out of retirement in order to register as a player for Argentinian fifth-tier sideDeportivo Riestra.

Maradona, who is now 53 and hardly what you'd call a "physical specimen", joined Deportivo Riestra as the club's official "spiritual coach" last August and has been asked to take over as manager on several occasions, though his alleged reply every time was simply: "I want to play".

Diego Maradona calls Man City striker Sergio Aguero a ‘wimp’

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a "wimp", according to his former father-in-law Diego Maradona. Speaking on his 53rd birthday, Maradona hit out at Aguero over his break-up with wife Giannina. The couple ended their four-year marriage earlier this year. Their son Benjamin lives in Madrid with his mother.

English Premier League

Should West Brom Hire A Foriegn Manager?

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The Premier League is filled with foreign players and managers alike, but should West Bromwich Albion appoint one to become manager of the club?

Managers like Pepe Mel, Ralf Ragnick and even Argentinean great Diego Maradona have been linked with the Baggies post since former boss Steve Clarke was sacked and they all will bring a different style to the Albion side.

An Interview With Erik Lamela When He Was 12 Years Old [VIDEO]

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When Erik Lamela was a precocious 12-year-old on the streets of Buenos Aires in Argentina, the TV crew from Trans World Sport met up with him to ask him about his role model, dreams and aspirations.

The revealing interview discusses how Barcelona tried to sign him as a youngster for a salary of more than $100,000 a year, as well as how River Plate were able to convince him to stay with the club.

Moments In Football: Brilliant New Soccer Animation From Richard Swarbrick [VIDEO]

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Talented animator Richard Swarbrick, famous for his exquisite Gareth Bale against Inter Milan animation, is back with another wonderful piece of art. This one is entitled "Moments In Football.

The video features animated action from Cruyff, Zlatan, Marco van Basten, Gazza, Rene Higuita, Pele, Maradona, Zizou and Baggio.

Argentina

POTD : Maradona Meltdown In Argentina As He Kicks And Throws Stones At Photographers!

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It is both sad and hilarious to look at these recently-published photos of Diego Maradona going absolutely bonkers at the paparazzi.

The Argentinean football legend who is still living the high life at the age of 52, according to Sergio Aguero ("My father-in-law thinks he is 20!

Argentina '78 - El revés de un triunfo

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Versión en español del artículo publicado en la revista France Football, en julio de 2003.
Por PABLO ARO GERALDES

Veinticinco años después de su victoria en la Copa del Mundo, César Luis Menotti y sus jugadores vuelven sobre este episodio ambiguo de la historia de la Argentina, comandada entonces por la junta militar del general Videla.

The Rest

Hopp is hungry, Neumann a Herman Trophy semifinalist, State of the League roundup, WC news, more

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A deal for a Union target reportedly collapses. Hoppenot is hungry. Steve Neumann a Hermann Trophy semifinalist. News form Garber's State of the League. World Cup news. more.

A View from the Fort

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Gillette Stadium, Diego's House, looking a bit like El Centenario in Montevideo.

Argentinos Juniors stadium where another Diego started, way out back in the day.

The Kid is Alright and The Kids Are All Right Too plus an Interview with Lee Ngyuen

A VIEW FROM THE FORT by Jim Dow

In June, 1980 Clive Gammon wrote the following in a Sports Illustrated piece on Diego Maradona, the Argentine wunderkind who was soon to sign the then richest sports contact in the world to play for Barcelona.

Diego Maradona Denied Entry To Disney World Due To Communist Sympathies

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By Chris Wright

An excited Diego rushes to get in the front row for the Princess Parade

The Sun have no doubt snared the biggest story breaking this morning with the news that Diego Maradona has been forced to nix a family holiday to Disney World after being denied a Visa by the US authorities.

Player Focus: Curtain Call for Edinson Cavani?

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Player Focus: Curtain Call for Edinson Cavani? is a post from: Serie A Weekly Player Focus: Curtain Call for Edinson Cavani? is a post from: Serie A Weekly For three seasons, Napoli fans have witnessed the emergence of one of football's potentially legend strikers. Playing for a club defined by its owner's outrageous personality and cult-like dedication to the Maradona days, Edinson Cavani has.